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Roman’s Lumberjack Bash

In DIY, Mommyhood

Finally the day came for the big party!  I made as much as a could for this one and had been planning it since about July.  Ok…ok…to be honest, I knew his theme from about the time he was born.  I’m weird like that.  Anyway, I wanted to have as much for the party that I could and by starting so early, it was definitely more affordable.

Luckily, a lumberjack theme is a great one for this time of year because many stores are already setting up for the holiday season.  There was plenty of fall and Christmas decor to inspire me!

Perusing Pinterest can be quite daunting sometimes so I pared the menu down to what I knew most people would like and what would be easy to prepare.  Also, with a brunch menu, had to have mimosas and coffee!  After a morning of putting all the food together my house smelled like bacon for a few hours and it was awesome (PS: Baking bacon is the best!)  I definitely bought too many pancakes but at least my boys love them and now they have breakfast until they’re 25.

On to the cake/cakes.  Usually, my mom and aunt are in charge of the cake (See Gav’s construction cake HERE.  They NAILED it! Ha!).  This year they found an ice cream cake that looked like a log and decided that they would order two.

Come the day of the party however, Baskin Robbin’s didn’t have our order.  Yep, no log cakes.  But they did give us a delicious cookies cream cake that was even bigger so, ya know, it’s all good.  But I definitely wanted a smash cake for Ro.  I had been swooning over all of the “naked cakes” on Pinterest and thought they would be perfect.  Through the hustle and bustle of the party prep, I suddenly became in charge of making the cake.  Now, I’ve made cake before but not to be presentable or pretty or anything like that.  I’ve made cupcakes but my icing job is always pretty disappointing but I was determined to give this a shot.

I’m happy to report that it turned out great.  I was (still kind of am) very proud of myself!  The “ONE” topper will have a DIY coming soon to the Pretty Providence blog so stay tuned.  The bear candle is just a figurine that I dug a screwdriver into and hot glued a candle in.  Be careful with hot gluing a candle though, obvious they melt!  (Side Note: The awesome hubby cut the wood slices from an old tree we cut down in our front yard!)

The thank you bags were a fun little addition and something for the guests to take home or eat on the way home.  I also knew that I would have a few smaller guests and wanted to give them a little something extra.  Their bags were filled with some bubbles, red foil wrapped kisses, a glow bracelet, some woodland creature tattoos, and gummy BEARS, of course!

Then it came time for celebrating and smash caking.  Ro quickly got the hang of it and I even snuck a  icing filled kiss in there!

We had such a wonderful time and want thank everyone for coming out to celebrate our burly little lumberjack!

XO, Kelly
PS: Huge thank you to my friend Talie for taking photos for us!!

 

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Germaphobe Mom with Leneille

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I’m a Germaphobe mom.

I didn’t realize how much of a Germaphobe I was until I gave birth. Up until that day I thought I had everything under control. I was completely wrong on how life was/is until I held my baby boy in my arms for the first time. First of all, I clearly told the nursing staff prior to delivery that they were to clean the baby off before handing him to me. For some odd reason right after he was pulled out they dropped him on my stomach. 
I cried tears of joy but I wouldn’t touch him. I just couldn’t. My fingers wiggled in the air inches above his sweet little body and I motioned for the nurses to bath him please because I just couldn’t touch him with that slimy, icky white film on him. And to think he wasn’t even “dirty” yet.
Literally years have gone by and honestly I haven’t got any better. In fact I believe my utter hatred for germs has only multiplied as my family has increased and now I think I’ve rubbed off on my poor innocent little children, well I take that back it’s so not the case. 
I wake up in the morning rushing to brush my teeth and theirs because the thought of allowing those overnight mouth germs to linger in the air frightens me. Even when my sweet boys come into my room saying “Hey Mommy” all I can think about is “I don’t want to smell anything right now” and I rush them into the bathroom. 
After beds are made and they are dressed we’re off to the playground. Well I take that back we are off to the Turf field because there are way too many kids at the playground and we all know what that means. GERM CITY. I brought the soccer ball they better run around and play with that for 45 mins. I spread out my king size blankets and place all the baby’s favorite toys on it, only for her to crawl off 60 seconds later to munch on the leaf laying next to us. I freak out, pop my pinkie (my “least dirty finger”) in her mouth to pry it out. The boys are bored to death with each other and I figure this has got to be enough so 10 mins later we’re back in the car headed home. After a sanitizer spray of course.
As soon as we’re back home the kids have to take off their socks and shoes immediately I have no time to clean the floors right now with those outside germs coming in. They have change their clothes in lightening speed in hopes of leaving those playground germs back at the park, then its hand-washing time…baby included Lord knows what was on that leaf. 
I’m writing this and I feel horrible. I feel like I’m the worst mom on earth. See my mother is a nurse and she always preached to me the importance of proper hand-washing skills and keeping germs away as much as possible so to stay healthy. Maybe that’s why I go through hand soap so often or that I am constantly wiping down the light switches and doorknobs with Lysol wipes but when will I be able to let my kids actually be kids? What does that even mean anyway? So you don’t panic at the sound of a sneeze in the closed window car? Hmm maybe its my own little crazy, but it’s who I am…maybe I should buy stock in Clorox.
Mother of 3 under the age of 5: Braylon, Chance & Ivy
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Last Baby Syndrome

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In less than one week, 6 days to be exact, our sweet little Ro will be one.  One whole year has passed and I can’t help but be super nostalgic about it.  I remember, with Gav, feeling so excited about him getting older and each new stage.  Not that I’m not excited for Ro’s new stages but I’m almost sad at the passing of the younger ones.

For me, not necessarily God’s plan but in my head, we’re done having kids.  I feel totally complete with my two boys.  I have no desire to “try for a girl”, I’m fairly convinced if we actually did that it would be another boy anyway.  But I don’t feel like I am not fulfilled by not experiencing having one.  Our family feels whole, the boys get along so well, for now that is, and I’m very happy with the dynamic of our little family.  This is also not to say that we would be up in arms and upset if something “happened”, we’re just not planning on anymore and don’t want to try.

So this leaves me knowing that this is my last baby.  The last time I will carry my child everywhere because he can’t walk yet.  He also has zero interest in it and would rather just watch big brother do stuff.  The last time I will cut things into little pieces for mealtime or make airplane noises with a spoon.  Hopefully it’s not the last time I’ll have a kid who will try anything I put in front of him.  I hope that one sticks!

My days are numbered for baby wearing and cuddles.  Soon he won’t be falling asleep on me and sucking his thumb.  He’ll start talking, which will be so wonderful, but along with that comes tantrums and the “terrible twos” and “threenager” phases.  For now I still get to listen to the playful babble, the sweet “mama”s and “dada”s.

With Gav, every stage seemed like it took forever.  Not in the way that he was behind but in the way that I looked forward to each stage and could barely wait for him to do something new.  I swear it took twice as long for him to turn 6 months than it did Roman.  With Ro, everything is seeming to go so much faster.  Except for his teeth.  He didn’t get his first tooth until he was 10 months and then I found myself missing his gummy smile.  I was almost hoping he wouldn’t get them until later than that!  It’s just little silly things like that that start to pull on my heart strings.

To know that I’m done carrying a life inside me is hard to think about sometimes as well.  I was blessed with two wonderful, very easy, pregnancies.  No morning sickness, no complications, etc.  So if we weren’t done, that definitely wouldn’t be a factor in our decision.   I loved being pregnant for the most part.  I got super uncomfortable towards the end but that’s normal.  Feeling the kicks, hiccups, and knowing that your body is growing theirs.  It’s such an incredible experience.

But now I’m moving on to the next stage of my life, just like my boys.  I’ll be a mom of a preschooler and a toddler and I know that life is about to get a lot more rowdy.  I’m ready!

XO, Kelly

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Favorite Apps For Every Day Mom Life

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It’s no surprise to anyone these days that our phones/apps play a huge role in our every day life.  We take pictures, we have all of our social media on there to keep up with, email, etc.  So it makes sense to get as much as we can out of it.  I wanted to share some of my favorite apps that I’ve been using lately that help and entertain me through the day!

Wunderlist – For Productivity

I found this app not too long ago and have loved using it!  It’s really helped out with planning Ro’s first birthday and keeping up with all there is to do with that.  Plus, who doesn’t love checking things off their to-do list?!  I think my favorite part of the app is the little sound it makes when you check off an item.  “DING!” So satisfying!

This App has also helped me because I always have my phone but I don’t always remember to bring along a list I may have written at home.  I can’t tell you how many grocery lists I’ve left at home while rushing out the door.

Fooducate – For Healthy Living

This app is awesome.  My dad introduced me to this one.  Not only do I trust him because he’s my dad, he’s also a personal trainer, he knows his stuff.

There are two features on here that I use constantly.  The food finder and the health tracker.  Food finder helps you while you’re shopping to find the best possible choices.  You scan the product and it gets a grade.  We try very hard to stay within the A/B range.  You’d be surprised what some of you favorite products get!

The health tracker is great if you’re trying to lose weight or just trying to be more conscious of what’s going into your body.  You can add your own foods, keep track of your water intake (something still very hard for me), and add in your workouts.  They have a huge variety of activities that burn calories including some very realistic options for stay at home mamas or daddies.

Timehop – For Memories

Warning: this app has the capability to cause nostalgia induced tears

If you aren’t already using it and you use Instagram as much as Facebook, you need the app!  I love this app for the shear fact that there are many moments that I have forgotten.  Especially since Gav is closer to five than four.  There are pictures from when we still counted his age in months!  It’s fun to compare how he looks with Ro and there are videos that melt my heart.  One that popped up months ago was a funny video of something Gav used to do as a toddler.  We would tell him that we had to go to the bathroom and he would run and flush the toilet and yell “Pee Peeeeeeeeee!”.  I must have rematched that video a hundred times!  (Dear teenage Gavin, sorry but I will be telling that story to your girlfriends.)

Also, as much as it pains me to think that my baby is going to be a year old, Ro will soon be in the Timehop feed with his brother!

Pinterest
– For Bordom Busting

I love having this one on my phone specifically for carline.  If I’m not reading a book or I’m only five minutes early, I pop on Pinterest.  I’m always looking for new ideas, home projects, or like right now, planning a party!

What are some of your favorite apps for your every day life?

XO, Kelly
PS: All of these are free apps!

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Girl Mom with Jenna from Espresso Ever After

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Raising Girls

Hi! My name is Jenna Wodiske and I’m the mommy/lifestyle blogger behind Espresso Ever After Blog. I am having way too much fun living this mommy-hood life in sunny Arizona! I am a Jesus lover, wifey to a fantastic husband, and a mommy to two beautiful little girls; Paisley (three years old) and Payton (one year old).  I am a topknot-wearing, photo-obsessing, latte-loving mama … enjoying this thing called real life! My passion is encouraging other moms to be the best them and to embrace their authentic motherhood, so that in return we can all grow and become the best moms to our little ones.  Head on over to my blog, I can’t wait to meet you!


RAISING GIRLS

If I could have asked my younger self where I would be at age 31… I promise you I never would have imagined a mom to two beautiful girls! I always thought that I would make a great boy-mom, and truly anticipated having a home full of dirt-covered little dudes and a family room covered in sports balls and legos! BOY was I wrong! God has a great sense of humor. Instead I have a home full of princess dresses, an over-sized bright-pink Barbie Dream house, drawers of bows and headbands, and baby dolls around every corner… and the crazy part is, I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

Raising Girls

My girls are sweet, quiet, drama-filled and emotional… all at the same time! They will literally smile at you until your heart melts and then disappoint you on the turn of a dime, because they didn’t want to share their tutus. However, it is amazing how at such a young age, I can already see the differences in them. My oldest is the quintessential first born girl. She is a perfectionist (borderline OCD) and likes structure and guidelines. My second born daughter, on the other hand, is wild and quirky, and extremely independent. One thing both girls have in common; they are extremely stubborn! I wonder where they got it from …??!!!
Raising Girls
If you are a parent and you haven’t read the Birth Order Book by Dr. Kevin Leman, you absolutely must! My husband and I were blessed to see him speak in person and he is spot-on with his stereotypes of children according to their birth order in the family. I think as parents, we have our first and we expect the next one to come out the same, but that is far from the truth. We need to have realistic expectations and understand that our kids are all given unique talents and gifts, and as their parents we must nurture them and help them grow into these strengths as individuals. As a mom of two girls, I am doing all that I can to equip myself to be realistic while being fun and full of grace and truth. I want my girls to love and respect me, to trust in me as their confidant and their friend, but to never forget that I am, first and foremost, their mom. I must remember that God has entrusted me as their mom to raise them to be strong, independent, loving, and kind. My goal is to do just that.
My girls are still young, and I can already admit that I have stumbled in some of these areas, but one thing I promise you … I will never give up! Remember moms, it’s okay to mess up. We are not called to be perfect, we are called to do our best for God’s glory; “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” – 1 Corinthians 10:31. As much as I want to constantly invest in them, I must always remember to start with me; I need to be the best I can be because they will learn more from my actions then they will ever learn from my words and my lessons. Thank goodness every day is a new opportunity. Like I said, Mommin’ Ain’t Easy! So… Don’t beat yourself up over the little things, embrace the hard days and celebrate the winning moments!
Raising Girls
Raising Girls
If you are wondering where I got this beyond adorable “Raising Girls” shirt, let me introduce you to Ford + Wyatt.
I fell in love with this beautiful company on Instagram and I am thankful to call the owner my friend. Ford + Wyatt makes the most classy graphic-tee style shirts for moms, dads and the little ones! Their quality is superb and the shirts are uber soft! Take the time to check them out and I promise you won’t regret it!
Thank you God for the incredible blessing that is motherhood. I pray that you give us moms the strength and the grace that we will need in the hard times and I thank you for the joy and the kindness in the good times.
Next time you see a mom who looks rundown, struggling or just having a bad day, stop what you are doing and encourage her. Pass on a “You are doing great!” It may be just what she needs to put a smile on her face and the confidence to tackle her day. Let’s support one another – Mamas unite!www.espressoeverafter.com
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What Being a Formula Feeding Mom Means to Me

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A couple of weeks ago, national breast feeding week/month kicked off.  I’ve seen tons (and TONS) of posts about normalizing breast feeding, “breast is best”, and extended breast feeding.  These posts are all wonderful, but they kinda make me sad sometimes.  When Ro was just a month or two old, I wrote about my dislike for breastfeeding.  Not that I don’t think people should do it, just that it was not an enjoyable, easy experience for me.  You can read the full post HERE.

Pretty soon after that, I wrote another post entitled “A Farewell to Breastfeeding”.  It didn’t last very long for me, just under a whopping three months, and I was ok with that.  But there was/is a small part of me that is not ok with it.  A small part of me that is sad about it.  How in the world am I sad, STILL sad about something I didn’t enjoy in the first place?  I’m not sad that I don’t have any documentation of breast feeding like some women.  But I guess I wonder if getting help from a lactation consultant would have made it better, easier.  I wonder if I gave up too soon.  I wonder if I didn’t pump enough.  Maybe I should have just sucked up being too tired to clean the pump after and just pumped anyway because that’s what was best for my baby.  I wonder if I should have said no to supplementing in the hospital, even if he was jaundiced.  Maybe he got used to a bottle too soon.  But he was sick, he needed more nourishment than I was able to give or he was able to get right from the start.  Why would I deny my baby his health, his best chance at getting better faster.  I am so blessed to live in such a privileged world where I can get food for my baby elsewhere.  That I live where my baby had every opportunity to thrive and didn’t have to struggle daily to get milk.

So what does it mean to me to be a formula feeding mom?

 It means I did the best I personally could for my baby.  It means I chose to give him a better shot at nourishment than my body could give him. It means that I chose happiness and stress free feeding for my baby.  It means I tried hard for three months, whether the outside world knows that or not.  That I researched lactation and breastfeeding until I was blue in the face. That I ate everything I could to increase my supply and it just didn’t work out for me.

It means that sometimes I’m embarrassed when I whip out a bottle and formula dispenser and start shaking.  That whether or not it’s happening, I feel judged by other mothers.  Along with that, it also means that I’m probably getting the approval of boobie-phobes.  It means that I feel a little uncomfortable when I see breastfeeding pictures because a part of me is ashamed that I “gave up”. Not that I think they shouldn’t be posted because, by all means, go for it!  It means that I feel a little embarrassed when someone asks me if I’m still breastfeeding and I answer no.

It also means that I was able to bond better with my child because I wasn’t stressed about latching or worried about him getting enough to eat.  That I could kiss him and breathe easier as he drank from a bottle.  It means he could calmly get nourishment rather than scream and scream hungrily while my body literally streamed milk in his face.  It means I choose try exclusively pumping to get the most breastmilk as I could for him.  It means I know that breastmilk will always be better than formula in my mind, not to mention cheaper, but I did what I could.  The first time around, with Gav, it meant that I chose to give him his best mommy by going on medication.  This time around, with Ro, it just means that my body couldn’t keep up.  And that’s ok because that is how God made me.  For my best friend, God made her to produce abundantly and that’s awesome!  I even have another friend that has had more than enough for her children and has been able to donate ounces upon ounces.

Being a formula feeding mom, to me, means I accept that this is the way I was meant to feed my child.  It means that I am blessed to have this option.  It means that I still fully support breast feeding however, wherever, whenever it needs to be done.  It means that I’m doing MY best for MY baby and isn’t that the point?

XO, Kelly

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What Being A __________ Mom Means To Me

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I could fill that blank with so many different words.  As mothers, we wear five million and one hats while trying to change a diaper and snacking on whatever is leftover from the older child(red)’s lunch.  But there are also things that set us apart from others and mold us into the kind of moms that our children need.  God gives us these beautiful blessings we call our children for a reason.  There is a reason I don’t have girls and there is a reason that Gav is so strong willed.  There is a reason that Ro is so easy going and there’s a reason why breastfeeding just didn’t work for me.

This is a journey.  The word journey is defined as such:

journey
noun
  1. 1
    an act of traveling from one place to another.
verb
  1. 1
    travel somewhere.

And that is exactly what we do as moms.  We travel both literally (i.e. soccer games, summer camps, grocery store, etc.) and figuratively.  We are navigating from one stage of our children’s lives to the next, adjusting to what that new environment means for them and us.  You know exactly what I mean if you’ve ever transitioned to the wonderful age of three (or two if that age was more challenging for you)!

Here’s how I would fill that blank:

Boy Mom
Christian Mom
Medicated Mom
OCD Mom
SAHM and Working Mom
Formula Feeding Mom
Blogging Mom
Baby Wearing Mom

The blank can also be flipped to the other side…

Mom of Two
Mom Who Had an Epidural

The possibilities are endless because our rolls are endless.  Our situations and circumstances are wonderfully diverse and I want to hear from you!  Have a story to tell?  Of course you do!  You’re a mom!  Shoot me an email (gavandroblog@gmail.com) because I would love to share YOUR story!  I’m calling this The *Blank* Mom Series and every couple of weeks or so, I’ll be sharing a mom’s story as well as my own here and there because we need to know we’re not alone.  We need to know that there are other moms that are going through the same struggles and we need support.  Last, but certainly not least, we need to laugh because, sometimes, this journey is just plain hysterical and crazy and if we don’t laugh, we’ll go crazy. (Unless you’re already there, in which case, I’m with you!)

How do YOU fill that blank?

XO, Kelly

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Screen Free Week Review

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We made it through screen free week and everyone is still alive!  Hard to believe right?  (I kid…but seriously this wasn’t easy.)  But it was a great way for me to spend extra quality time with my kids and enjoy them being this little.  It ended up being a much busier week than I had anticipated but we definitely fit in some fun activities.  Here’s a break down of how the week went:

Monday

As expected, the first thing Gav did when he woke up was ask to watch TV which is exactly why I decided to do this challenge!  The answer was, of course, no but we sat and read some of his chapter book.  And by some I mean just about 50 pages worth.  He was really into it and it was awesome!  Then we were off to the dentist.  No big deal right? As soon as we walk in, Zootopia is playing on the TV in the waiting room as well as all the screens above the chairs where they clean teeth.  *facepalm*  Gav’s eyes got pretty wide as he looked at me.  I told him that this was ok, not everyone is doing screen free week, just us, so it’s ok if it happens to be on somewhere that not our house.  He liked that rule!

We didn’t really do much in the way of creativity and I had to work a little that night. All in all, day one went pretty well.

Tuesday

The same can be said for day two as well since we were out of the house most of the day.  But one thing that was very difficult was entertaining Gav and Ro while I tried to workout.  My father is a personal trainer and trains me two days a week.  It’s been great having my mom home over the summer, she’s a school teacher, because she takes the boys down in the playroom they have for them and it’s nice and quiet and easy.  Plus, that’s usually the only time Gav has extended iPad time so he’s preoccupied.  This Tuesday, however, my mom had a doctor’s appointment and the iPad was not an option.  So I basically shot myself in the foot on that one!  But we got through it, my dad had prepared a simple, compact workout for that reason.

Then we went to visit my new niece!  Sweet Mason was born just before we went out of town so I didn’t get to see her.  Then both boys and I had some crud going on so we couldn’t go see her for even longer!  But finally we were able to go meet the sweet little peanut.

Luckily, we had a good amount of time between getting home and work so during rest time, which we also started this week to prep him for pre-K, I made his new “SAND” BOX.  He loves playing in it and, I’m not gonna lie, I do too!

Wednesday

FINALLY!  We had a day where we didn’t have anything going on.  We headed to the store to pick out plants for Gav’s garden.  After careful consideration, we brought home a couple of cacti, a succulent and some pretty flowers that happened to be on clearance.

We planned them in Gav’s very own pots and have been taking care of them.  We then spent the rest of the day painting, resting, and playing.

Thursday

Thursday was a fun day because I decided we would have a mini half birthday celebration for Gav.  Normally, we would just say, “Hey!  It’s your half birthday! Yay!” and then get on with the day.  But since we were smack in the middle of screen free week, I thought this would be something fun to do.  Together we baked a cake and Gav even cracked two of the eggs! (no shells!)  We also made ziploc bag ice cream which was delicious, if I do say so myself.

The half cake was pretty darn good too and, no worries, I won’t be going into cake decorating as a new career any time soon!  Although, in my defense, it took too long to bake and I didn’t quite have time to let it cool.

Friday

Thankfully my mom didn’t have a doctors appointment on this day and she was able to entertain Gav down in the playroom while I worked out.  Then it was time to swim!  We haven’t really been able to swim all that much this summer since Gav has been pretty busy between day camps, tae kwon do, and soccer so we had a lot of fun!

And then, that was it.  Gav woke up on Saturday morning and asked if it was still screen free week.  When he found out that it wasn’t, he smiled really big and went straight for Netflix while he drank his morning milk.  I can’t say I blame him, I know how hard it was for him to not have TV at all.  And he didn’t even have it while the grandparents watched him which was awesome!  Over all, it was a great way to challenge both Gav and myself and I’m glad we did it!

Have you tried a screen free week/day?  How did you like it, or not?
XO, Kelly

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I’m ready!  I have a full list of fun things we can do for our screen free week and I know we’re going to have fun.  I also know that this will be quite a challenge and there will be down time.  But learning that down time is actually a positive thing is a good lesson for Gav to learn.  I’m not saying that he’ll get it right away, he is only 4 after all, but maybe after this week he can start to realize that it’s good for him.  You’ll be able to see how we’re doing through the week on Instagram! (I said that it would be *mostly* screen free for me and I promise to only ‘Gram when it’s quiet time or I’m in the bathroom or something.)

 

You can see what’s on our list of fun activities for next week in the first pic!  What would you put on your list?

XO, Kelly

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Getting Ready For A Screen Free Week

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You read that right!  I’m taking on the challenge to go (mostly) screen free for a whole week.  Why mostly? For one, I will still be working at night and while other people are watching the boys, I won’t make them adhere to it.  I know that some will scoff at that and say that these are my kids and I can enforce what I want to.  But I’m not, because we have parents that are generous enough to watch the boys and we don’t have to pay for child care so if they want the TV on, fine by me.

Second, I’ll still be watching a show here or there after the boys are in bed and I’d like to keep up my blogging and instagramming as well.  This is mainly for Gav.  I think that sometimes I rely on TV or movies a bit too much when I need to do things around the house.  Even if it’s just as background noise.  Gav will watch things periodically, but a lot of times he’s not sitting and staring like a zombie.  I will also say that since he mainly watches educational TV, i.e. PBS, he’s actually learned a good bit from it.  But I want to do this for myself as well.  I want to be a little more present, especially at the stages that my boys are in.

So what in the world are we going to do?!

Our days will still be structured but there will be more quiet time.  I plan to do crafts, painting, and plenty of outside time.  It’s blazing hot here in Georgia so the pool is always an option.

Gav’s “half birthday” falls during this week so we’ll bake a little cake for it.  I want to get him more involved with what I do around the house.  From cooking to cleaning to everything in-between.  He’s at the age where he can help out more and should.

I think my favorite daily activity we’ll be doing is reading.  I checked out a book from the library, our first chapter book together, and we’ll read a chapter at a time.  Gav’s attention span is all over the place and this will be good to help him focus and also work a little bit on his comprehension and listening.  Just a chapter at a time and, if he wants to read more, I definitely will!

My goal for this week is to show Gav that he doesn’t need TV all the time.  His time does not have to be occupied every single second like it is with an iPad in hand.  He’s growing up in a time where we are constantly entertained, always with a device in our hand, and instantly given what we want when we want it.  His generation doesn’t know life without technology and I want to show him that it isn’t so bad.

What are some activities we should incorporate into our screen free week?  I’d love more suggestions!

XO, Kelly

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